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Industry Report
Africa

Healthcare and Life Sciences in Africa

July 13, 2021

Africa’s projected economic and demographic growth provide an ideal environment for healthcare exporters of goods and services to forge strategic partnerships. The African market provides opportunities in various subsectors, ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, digital health, health services, infrastructure, and skills development and training.

This report provides a general overview of African healthcare and life sciences sectors. It offers specific insights into the current trends in Africa’s healthcare industry with a focus on Southern, East, and West African countries. The report also contains a sub-sector analysis, providing insights into medical devices, pharmaceuticals, digital health, and skills development and training.

Industry Report
North America

Canadian Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

July 13, 2021

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in Canada is a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy. It is built by startups: Toronto has the second highest startup densities in the world after Silicon Valley and the industry is comprised of 80% small startups.

The Canadian ICT sector produced $170B in revenue in 2019 and saw a 25% increase in GDP between 2013 and 2019. Its continuous growth is fueled by investment from the Canadian government and international firms, an increase in cyber-attacks, and its ecosystem for innovation.

This report provides an overview of the Canadian ICT industry, including current trends, recent investments, the impact of Covid-19, and sub-sector analysis that contains key information about:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things
  • Fintech
  • E-Health
  • EdTech
  • AI & Big Data
  • Video Games
  • Hardware
Industry Report
Latin and South America

Peru Government Procurement

July 13, 2021

As an open economy with stable pro-market regulations, Peru has become the center of attention in South America for foreign investors. It is known for its transparent institutional framework, prudent economic policies, and favorable competitiveness indicators.

Peru’s government spending is projected to increase by roughly 25% between 2021 and 2024. In the next few years, four key areas for government procurement will be transportation, telecommunications, healthcare, and education. There are three types of government procurement processes in which foreign companies can participate: the public bidding process, Public Private Partnerships, and Government to Government contracts.

This report provides an overview of the Peruvian government procurement process as a Virginia exporter. It includes recommendations based on type of procurement, a step-by-step guide to the process, and future trends and opportunities for Virginia companies.

Industry Report
Latin and South America

Chile Government Procurement

July 13, 2021

Chile is widely considered one of the strongest economies in Latin America. Coming out of the 2020 Pandemic, Chile’s economic growth is expected to rebound to 6.5%. Chile’s government procurement expenditures are 5.3% of GDP. Healthcare and public works will continue to garner the most interest from tenders as the pandemic persists and the government attempts to reactivate the economy with increased investments in public works projects.

ChileCompra is the government entity responsible for all government tenders in Chile. Over 850 public organizations, including hospitals, ministries, and municipalities, use ChileCompra to procure goods. In general, there are four methods of procurement within ChileCompra: the Framework Agreements, public tender, private bidding, and direct deal.

This report provides an overview of the Chilean government procurement process as a U.S.-based company. This includes a guide to the general procurement and tendering processes, future trends, and a list of contacts in Chile to assist with the procurement process.

Accessing International Markets Webinar Series
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Africa

Accessing International Markets – Southern Africa

July 8, 2021

Africa is shifting beyond expectations as a bounty of new business activity led by its youthful entrepreneurial business class drives it forward. Come and hear about the trends driving African business and learn why Africa is increasingly important, soon driving much of the global economy. Africa is growing out of its role as a primary resource supplier and moving quickly toward a knowledge based economy: an economy driven by people that make it welcoming for Americans business people.

Speaker: Richard Zurba, Director, Zurcom International

 

Industry Report

Supply Chain Risk Management in Global Markets

June 17, 2021

Risk is intrinsic to any business activity. While eliminating all operations risks is virtually impossible, identifying, prioritizing, and mitigating risks in supply chain planning is imperative for long-term success. The events of the COVID-19 pandemic applied a tough stress test on domestic and global supply chains and brought the concept of resilience to the forefront of supply chain planning. Good situational awareness of potential pitfalls (natural or human-made), mitigation strategies, post-disruption recovery plans, flexibility, and innovation are the cornerstones of business continuity planning (BCP). This white paper reviews current principles and issues in supply chain risk management and provides tools for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks. The document presents considerations regarding resilience and the need for robust contingency plans for post-pandemic international supply chain planning.